Why we're here:
This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast television programmes then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Osborne: TV Licence Fee "Had Its Day"

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has confided in Tory colleagues that the TV licence fee is "outdated" and "on the way out", according to an exclusive in today's Sunday Express.

Details are still patchy on this one, but the story broke just hours after Mr Osborne took the unusual step of announcing a second annual budget statement in early July. The Government has previously pledged to reduce inheritance tax and freeze rail fares and the TV licence fee. 

The current freeze on the £145.50 TV licence fee ends with the renewal of the BBC Charter on 31st December 2016, but is expected to be extended well into the next Charter period.

Mr Osborne's latest comments, if reported accurately, signify a shift in his stance only a month ago when he gave an interview to Radio Times magazine

Back then, when the prospect of a Conservative majority looked unlikely, Mr Osborne said there were no plans to scrap the TV licence fee. Skip forward a month, with a strengthened Conservative mandate, and the Chancellor's position appears to have hardened.

Whether or not there is substance to these latest rumours, a pattern is emerging whereby the Government is firming its resolve to tackle the inadequacies of the current BBC funding model.

There is no better indication of this than the recent appointment of John Whittingdale, an archcritic of the BBC, as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. That can only be a positive move for anyone without their nose in the BBC trough.

The Sunday Express also confirms that Mr Whittingdale is a member of the right-leaning think-tank The Freedom Association, which is actively campaigning for the abolition of the TV licence fee.

Students and TV Licensing: £145.50 Saving Trumps £36 Refund

It can't have escaped many people's attention that TV Licensing's PR harlots have recently clicked the dial of their spin-machine towards the "student" cycle.

In particular, they are reminding students that they might be able to claim a refund of £36 on any full unused quarters of TV licence validity they won't been needing over the summer vacation period.

TV Licensing has done a bit of research and apparently that £36 could be used for "half a return flight" to Amsterdam or a tour of the local hostelries once you'd arrived. According to one report the £36 could also pay for a one night stay - presumably under a park bench - and sightseeing tour of Dublin. Alternatively, it could be used to fund the rape alarms of a dozen children visiting various BBC premises dotted around the nation.

Matthew Thompson, tombstone-toothed TV Licensing PR harlot for the North of England, said: "The student refund is brilliant news for students and we encourage those who bought their licence at the start of the academic year to take advantage of it.

"It is important students buy a TV licence at the earliest opportunity when starting university and take advantage of the flexible payment options available to them.

"We want to help students understand the law when it comes to watching live TV on any device and help them avoid a fine of up to £1,000."

Spookily enough, in an orchestrated bout of media cross-contamination, several of Thompson's counterparts (Dian, Whitehouse, Stirling, Chapman et al) have delivered exactly the same message, verbatim, in other parts of the UK.

Here at the TV Licensing Blog, we also want students to understand the law. By understanding the law, it is perfectly possible to avoid paying £145.50 for a TV licence in the first place.

Just think what you could do with that £145.50. You could buy four "half return flights" to Amsterdam or even buy your own park bench to take to Dublin.

There are several ways that a student can get their regular fix of TV without the legal need for a TV licence. Please read our Student Guide to TV Licence Rules for more information.